BA French and German (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    RR12
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Studying French and German at Swansea develops your knowledge of a world language and culture

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • All of our modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture. 
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies, travel writing and translation studies and students benefit from our active research in these areas.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in France.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Beginners (i.e. with no previous knowledge of French) 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
OR
AND
AND
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced Language Students may select 20 credits of Languages for All modules in place of one of their optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLD140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coding for All 1
MLD141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coding for All 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
French General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF203ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate French A
MLF203BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate French B
MLF204ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 2A
MLF204BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 2B
MLF20AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 2 A
MLF20BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 2 B
MLF23AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg Ganolradd A
MLF23BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg Ganolradd B
AND
German General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module in TB2 - one in each language.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLF240WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select requisite credits to make your total credits up to 120.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLF201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 2
MLF201WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 2
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2
MLI245Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students may elect to do a dissertation by selecting both modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation
ML-320WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paratoi Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
ML-321Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation
ML-321WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
AND
French General Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits ensuring a balance across languages and teaching blocks.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-302WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Chwyldro Ffrengig
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF307ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Love, Lust and the Meaning of Life: A Theme in French Literature
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF300 or MLF300W.
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)To pursue this module you must also select MLG350.
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3To pursue this module you must also select MLG310C.
OR
French General Langauge Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module in TB2 - at least one from each language.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-302WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Chwyldro Ffrengig
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLF307ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Love, Lust and the Meaning of Life: A Theme in French Literature
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select requisite modules to ensure you have a total of 120 credits distributed evenly over each language and each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3ATo pursue this module you must also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BTo pursue this module you must also select MLC335A.
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF300 or MLF300W.
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)To pursue this module you must also select MLG350.
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3To pursue this module you must also select MLF310C.

Description

Students study six modules, three in French and three in German.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level to include a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

 

“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained."

Sophie Williams, BA French

 


 

"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since."

Ula Mitchell

 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. French is ranked 4th for graduate prospects in The Independent Complete University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in French will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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